Australian fighter Celest proves she’s the best!

Updated: Nov 4

✦ She’s only gone and done it!


Phuket-based Aussie fighter Celest Muriel Hansen won her final fight in the Fairtex Road to ONE Thailand tournament at Lumpinee Boxing Stadium in Bangkok on October 29, an achievement that is set to change her life.


The 28-year-old Australian defeated Thai opponent Lomannee in the women’s 52.2kg atomweight class on a majority points decision.


In doing so she became the first winner of the finals stage of the tournament which saw a total of eight female and male fighters compete across a range of different weight classifications.


The victory means Celest secures a six-fight contract worth US$100,000 with Asia powerhouse sports group ONE Championship, one of the world’s top 10 biggest sports media properties in terms of viewership and engagement.


Phuket-based Aussie fighter Celest Muriel Hansen won her final fight in the Fairtex Road to ONE Thailand tournament | Brilliant-Online
Celest won her final fight in the Fairtex Road to ONE Thailand tournament. Photo: Fairtex Fight

After a hard-fought five-round bout against Lomannee, Celest waited in the centre of the ring with the referee and her opponent to hear the outcome. Clearly emotionally and physically exhausted, the tension and anticipation was etched on her face as she awaited the announcement that could change her life for the better.


All three judges scored the fight 48-47 in Celest’s favour and the fighter in the black corner was declared the champion.


Celest fell to her knees in floods of tears, overwhelmed by the announcement and a range of emotions, including the realisation that her dreams had come true.


“When I first watched the clip back of me falling to my knees in the ring, sobing uncontrollably I thought maybe I looked a bit silly,” Celest commented after the fight.


“It’s scary to be vulnerable in public but I was just so overwhelmed, relieved and delighted that I could not help it, it was just how I felt at that very moment.

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The champion, Celest fell to her knees in floods of tears. Photo: Fairtex Fight
“I also think, on reflection, that it is ok to show that vulnerable side in the heat of the moment, when emotions run high and you are so overwhelmed by so many feelings. It’s ok to cry with happiness, it’s ok to cry with sadness, it’s ok to show whatever emotion you have. After all, we are all human beings, not robots! In a way I hope my reaction in the ring can maybe inspire any vulnerable people out there to not be afraid to express your true emotions,” she added.

Long journey


The victory was the culmination of a long journey for Celest, with three separate fights contested over three separate months.


“I feel like I have developed so much on this journey through the tournament. Every fight camp I get stronger, more confident and learn so much about myself, “ she said prior to her final fight against Lomannee on October 29.


“The tournament has been so long but it has been an amazing experience that I am so grateful for.”


Her first fight in the tournament took place at Lumpinee Stadium on August 13 against Phetsinin Sor Phuangthong, who Celest knocked to the ground twice before delivering a devastating TKO in round 2.


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Celest's victory was the culmination of a long journey. Photo: Fairtex Fight